March 20, 2024

Shohei Ohtani's interpreter accused of massive theft: Representatives of Dodgers superstar Shohei Ohtani on Wednesday accused his interpreter of engaging in a “massive theft” of the ballplayer’s funds to place bets with an allegedly illegal bookmaker who is the target of a federal investigation.

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January 23, 2024

Adrian Beltre, Joe Mauer, and Todd Helton elected to Cooperstown.: Beltre and Mauer are first-balloters; Helton makes it in on his sixth try. They will be inducted along with former manager Jim Leyland.

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December 09, 2023

Shohei Ohtani signs record deal with the Los Angeles...Dodgers: In the biggest MLB contract so far, the Dodgers and Ohtani have agreed to a 10-year, $700 million deal.

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November 01, 2023

Texas Rangers Win World Series: Something I've been waiting to say since I was a seven-year-old in Garland, Texas, in 1974 listening to games on WBAP when I was supposed to be asleep: The Texas Rangers have won the World Series!

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October 28, 2023

Rangers Win Game 1 on Adolis Garcia Walk-Off Home Run: A Corey Seager two-run tying home run in the ninth and an Adolis Garcia walk off home run in the 11th gave the Texas Rangers a 6-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in game 1 of the World Series. Garcia also broke the record for most postseason RBIs with 22.

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October 23, 2023

Texas Rangers Advance to World Series: In an American League Championship Series where no team won a home game, the Texas Rangers defeated the Houston Astros in game 7 with an 11-4 walloping to advance to the World Series. Bruce Bochy becomes the first manager to lead three teams to the series. Adolis Garcia was chosen MVP with 14 RBIs, the most ever by a player in an LCS.

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October 11, 2023

Rangers Sweep Orioles, Advance to ALCS: The Texas Rangers swept the Baltimore Orioles in three games after doing the same to the Tampa Bay Rays in two. Next up the Minnesota Twins or the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series. The Rangers are bombing opposing pitchers for 6.4 runs a game in the postseason and got two great starts out of Nathan Eovaldi when no one expected much from their pitching.

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October 03, 2023

Minnesota Twins End 18-Game Postseason Losing Streak: The Minnesota Twins won their wild card series opener Tuesday over the Toronto Blue Jays, ending an 18-game playoff losing streak. After beating the New York Yankees on Oct. 5, 2004, in the first game of their American League Division Series, the Twins lost that series in 4, got swept by the Oakland A's in 2006, swept by the Yankees in 2009 and 2010, beaten by the Yankees in a one-game wild card in 2017, swept by the Yankees in 2019 and swept by the Houston Astros in 2020. But no one has to mention all of that ever again.

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September 14, 2023

Max Scherzer Likely to Miss Playoffs Too: Texas Rangers pitcher Max Scherzer has a teres major strain (never heard of that) and will miss the rest of the regular season and "likely" the playoffs as well, general manager Chris Young said. The Rangers are a game behind Houston in the AL West race and in second in the wild card race, with Seattle and Toronto close enough to potentially keep them out of the postseason.

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August 24, 2023

Stephen Strasburg Retires from Baseball: Stephen Strasburg is calling it quits on a career that saw him debut as the most highly touted fireballer in years, become World Series MVP in 2019 and finally be undone by frequent arm injuries -- all while in the uniform of the Washington Nationals. His 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings is seventh all-time but his 113 wins are 31 lower than anyone in the Hall of Fame. "It's a miracle what he was able to accomplish despite the glitchy pitching mechanics that scouts warned would be his demise," writes D.J. Dunston of Deadspin.

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August 23, 2023

Chicago White Sox Fire GM, Vice President: The Chicago White Sox have fired executive vice president Ken Williams and general manager Rick Hahn, parting with 31- and 21-year employees who were with the team for the 2005 World Series victory over the Houston Astros and a lot of bad baseball ever since. The Sox have only reached the postseason three times since that championship and are a dismal 49-77 this season.

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August 18, 2023

Atlanta Braves Looking Like Best Offense in MLB History: After 120 games the Atlanta Braves are on pace for 313 home runs, which would break the all-time record of the 2019 Minnesota Twins by 6. They also have a team OPS+ of 122, one shy of the record held by the 2017 Houston Asterisks. "Every night someone new is gonna get you," an American League hitter told Fox Sports. "Or all of them get you, and then you're fucked."

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August 10, 2023

Dodgers Retire Fernando Valenzuela's Number: The Los Angeles Dodgers are retiring Fernando Valenzuela's number 34 and it only took 32 years after his last pitch for the club to make it happen. The team had a rule of not retiring a number unless a player made the Hall of Fame and Valenzuela never got close to induction. Longtime team broadcaster Jaime Jarrin said, "I think Fernando should be in the Hall of Fame because even though his numbers aren't extraordinary and he didn't pitch a lot of years, what he did for baseball no other player has done."

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July 31, 2023

Texas Rangers Arm Up on Pitchers: The best offense in baseball has added starting pitchers Max Scherzer and Jordan Montgomery and reliever Chris Strattion. The Texas Rangers sent infielder Thomas Saggese and pitchers Tekoah Roby and John King to the Cardinals for Montgomery and Stratton and infielder and center fielder Luisangel Acuna to the Mets for Scherzer.

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July 27, 2023

Shohei Ohtani is very, very good at baseball.: In the first game of today's doubleheader at Detroit, Ohtani threw his first complete game, an 11K, 1-hit shutout. And then followed that up with a 2-HR performance in Game 2.

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July 14, 2023

Peter Gammons: Diamond Vision: It went so far that [UNC coach, Dean] Smith gave Peter this firm career advice: “You’re a good listener. You could write for a living. So, it's Dean's fault that we got Peter Gammons as a sports writer. And only one of the greatest ever.

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July 09, 2023

Elly De La Cruz: Not since 1919

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June 29, 2023

Domingo German pitches a perfect game: It's only the fourth perfect game in New York Yankees history; German improbably joins David Cone, David Wells and Don Larsen in immortality. It's the first perfect game in MLB since 2012.

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June 07, 2023

Jacob deGrom Needs Tommy John Surgery: Six starts into his five-year, $185 million contract with the Texas Rangers, Jacob deGrom will undergo Tommy John surgery on his UCL and be out all of this season and most of next. The Rangers are leading the AL West at 40-20 and were hoping to get him back for the playoffs. "The man is the best pitcher on the planet when he's healthy, but there's one little problem. He's never healthy," writes Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

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May 31, 2023

MLB Takes Over San Diego Padres Broadcasts: Diamond Sports has aired its last San Diego Padres game after the network stopped making rights payments while it undergoes bankruptcy. Major League Baseball is taking over and will air games on cable and the league's streaming app. Diamond Sports parent Sinclair paid $10.6 billion in 2019 for the networks now called Bally Sports but the deal didn't include streaming rights. It got them for NBA and NHL teams but struck out with MLB.

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May 25, 2023

Texas Rangers Bats Are Booming: The Texas Rangers are leading the majors with 6.4 runs a game and second in team OPS at 118. One of the surprising sources of that massive production is a player they acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals for "cash considerations" three years ago: 30-year-old Cuban outfielder Adolis Garcia. "He has the bat speed and muscle to pulverize the league’s nastiest pitches, as he proved last week when he became the first hitter to go deep off Atlanta Braves flamethrower Spencer Strider twice in one game," writes Yahoo Sports sabermetrician Zach Crizer.

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May 24, 2023

When is Olivia Pichardo Switching to Softball? Never: Olivia Pichardo is the first female to play Division I baseball, making the Brown University team as a walk-on. Her freshman season was rocky, with one at-bat as a pinch hitter, but she is undeterred. "I wasn't telling myself the odds. I was just telling myself that I was going to make the team," Pichardo said.

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May 19, 2023

Ryan Brasier Will Be Missed: "I'm not here to defend Brasier's pitching ability, he was bad more often than he was good. I am here to point out that he was a goat, taking the blame for all that was wrong with the Red Sox. Maybe it was the crook in his neck, giving him a perpetually confused expression. Maybe it was the fact that he didn't seem to care, rarely showing emotion after being lifted from the game. Or maybe it was that his name is perfect for pissed-off Bostonians to say as they walk down Landsdowne: 'fahkin Brasiah'." -- Jacob Roy, Over the Monster

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May 14, 2023

What Happened to the St. Louis Cardinals?: Favorites to win the National League Central again, the St. Louis Cardinals have instead gone 15-25 and dwell in the cellar of the NL. Every starter has an ERA above 4.00, relievers have blown 11 saves and for the first time since 2004, Yadier Molina is no longer behind the plate. The Redbirds signed Willson Contreras for five years and $87.5 million to succeed him, and in a sign of how that's going, he was briefly demoted to DH.

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May 11, 2023

Major Leaguers Pfear the Pfister: Major League Baseball players who stay at the 130-year-old Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee during road trips claim the place is haunted. Adrian Beltre heard phantom knocking in the hallway and the TV kept turning itself on. Carlos Gomez heard voices in the shower and his iPod erupted with static noise. Bryce Harper said his clothes moved. Instead of staying there this week for a three-game road series, Mookie Betts of the Los Angeles Dodgers is renting an Airbnb. "You can tell me what happened after," he said. "I just don't want to find out myself."

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May 08, 2023

Gene Collier: I'm Watching Less Baseball, and It's Grand: Now that Major League games are shorter, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sports columnist Gene Collier is excited to have an extra half-hour in his day -- to a point. "Who in America, other than the people who are paid to, watches baseball as a staple of their quotidian existence? Too often, the answer is old guys. What are old guys going to do with an additional 25 minutes every day? I wouldn’t presume to speculate, but of course we’ll no longer have an excuse for not having our pill organizers properly filled, and we might want to consider decisive action on those toe nails, you know, before they reach the street."

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May 07, 2023

Alabama baseball coach Brad Bohannon fired after link to suspicious bets: Sportsbook surveillance video indicated that the person who placed the bets was communicating with Bohannon at the time

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May 06, 2023

That's Not the Name of the Negro League Museum: In a pregame segment Friday in Kansas City, longtime Oakland A's play-by-play man Glen Kuiper wanted to tell people about his great visit to the Negro League Baseball Museum in the city. But he called it something else entirely. He's apologized and been suspended. Museum president Bob Kendrick had this reaction: "I welcomed Glen to the NLBM yesterday and know he was genuinely excited to be here. The word is painful and has no place in our society. And while I don't pretend to know Glen's heart I do know that my heart is one of forgiveness. I hope all of you will find it in yourselves to do the same!"

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April 28, 2023

Daniel Murphy Attempting MLB Comeback with Long Island Ducks: Former New York Mets All-Star Daniel Murphy is back in baseball at age 38, playing for the Long Island Ducks and hoping to return to the majors three years after his exit. A rewatch of Ken Burns' Baseball inspired his bid. "I underestimated just how cool our game was and how cool the guys were who played before me," he said.

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April 27, 2023

13-Year Minor Leaguer Plays First Game in Majors: After 1,155 games over 13 minor league seasons, Drew Maggi finally played in a Major League game for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The infielder was drafted by the team in 2010 in the 15th round and received a $468,000 bonus. He got a standing ovation from the crowd Wednesday, entering as a pinch runner and striking out in one at-bat. "I saw my dad crying. I don't think I ever saw him cry before," Maggi said.

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April 21, 2023

Oakland A's Reach Deal on Stadium Land in Las Vegas: The Oakland Athletics have struck a deal on a 49-acre site near the Las Vegas Strip to open a new stadium by 2027, saying goodbye to the city after 55 seasons. Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao had been in daily negotiations to keep the team with a new waterfront ballpark. Thao said, "It is clear to me that the A’s have no intention of staying in Oakland and have simply been using this process to try to extract a better deal out of Las Vegas." Vegas will be the fourth home for the franchise, which began in Philadelphia in 1901 and moved to Kansas City in 1955.

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April 18, 2023

Yankee Stadium Opened 100 Years Ago Today: On April 18, 1923, the original Yankee Stadium opened. A crowd of 60,000 saw Babe Ruth batting third for New York against the Boston Red Sox. Ruth said before the game, "I'd give a year of my life if I can hit a home run in the first game in this new park." In the third inning he hit the first homer in its history.

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April 13, 2023

Tampa Bay Rays Move to 12-0: The Tampa Bay Rays have opened the season with 12 straight wins and play the Boston Red Sox at 1:10 p.m. Eastern today for a chance to extend it to 13. Only three teams have managed that feat: the 1982 Atlanta Braves, 1987 Milwaukee Brewers and 1884 St. Louis Maroons.

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April 08, 2023

Rangers Voice Eric Nadel on Leave for Mental Health: I tuned in the Texas Rangers game Saturday and was wondering why Eric Nadel wasn't on the radio call. Nadel's been on broadcasts since I was 12 years old in 1979. He announced in late March he would miss the start of the season for mental health treatment. "I now find myself dealing with anxiety, insomnia and depression which are currently preventing me from doing the job I love," said the 71-year-old Nadel in a statement released by the team.

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April 03, 2023

Rays Make Don Zimmer First Inductee in Team's Hall of Fame: Baseball lifer Don Zimmer joined the Tampa Bay Rays in 2004 as a special advisor and went on to serve in that role for 11 years, his longest stint with any team over 66 years in baseball. Now he has become the first to be inducted into the Rays' new franchise hall of fame, nine years after he died. “The Rays hiring him, I think it made his lifetime longer,” said his wife Soot, 92.

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December 27, 2022

A Rat Played a Role in 1975's Reds/Red Sox World Series Game 6: MLB Network has been replaying MLB's 20 Greatest Games, choosing as No. 1 game 6 of the 1975 World Series between the Red Sox and the Reds. One thing I learned: The iconic camera shot of Carlton Fisk willing his home run to stay fair happened because of a rat in the Green Monster. Cameraman Louis Gerard was asked by director Harry Coyle to follow the ball. "Harry, I can't," Gerard said. "I've got a rat on my leg that's as big as a cat. It's staring me in the face. I'm blocked by a piece of metal on my right. ... How about if we stay with Fisk, see what happens?"

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December 07, 2022

Yankees, Aaron Judge Agree To Nine-Year Deal: The New York Yankees are re-signing reigning American League MVP Aaron Judge, reports Jon Morosi of It’s a nine-year, $360MM contract, tweets Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The agreement is still pending the completion of a physical.

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October 19, 2022

Crypto Deals Turn Ugly for Teams, Leagues: This isn’t the first crypto-related embarrassment that teams and leagues have recently experienced. In fact, it’s not even the first one involving FTX! The company was set to become the L.A. Angels’ sleeve advertiser next season but reportedly backed out of the deal this past June when the crypto market tanked.

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October 13, 2022

Randy Johnson, the gift that keeps on giving: Randy Johnson, not a porn star, former fireballer now photographer. What *can't* he do? Concerts. Travel. Wild Life. NFL sideline photographer.

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October 07, 2022

MLB's New Playoff Format Debuts Today: The 12-team postseason in Major League Baseball begins today. Gone is the potential heartbreak of playoff elimination after a single game. There's now four three-game wild card series. But there's a new heartbreak: The four lower-ranked wild card teams get no home games in the round. The playoffs also drop the man-on-second extra inning rule.

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